The benefits of reading aloud to your children – or to the children in your classroom – have been documented in various studies. In a document by the Victorian State Government the following statistics were given:
For further information about reading to your children the link to the above statistics is http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/research/readtoyoungchild.pdf
While reading to your children when they are young is important, it is also important to read to older children as this helps them to reach the next stage of learning. In this way they may stretch their ability to enjoy a book that they might not yet be able to confidently read themselves. The enjoyment of new books can encourage children to try to read other books in the same series or genre.
Other sites on reading to children include: